We all know that where you dine on your ski holiday is just as important as the chalet you’re staying in. The popular ski resort of Val d’Isere is well known for its luxury catered chalets and apartments, but it also has a large choice of restaurants on offer that you might miss out on if you opt for a catered property. So why not consider a luxury self-catering holiday in Val d’Isere to enable you to spread your wings and enjoy all that Val d’Isere has to offer.
We have a fantastic selection of catered chalets in the Alps that come complete with your own private chef if you prefer to make the most of your luxury chalet and have some privacy whilst on holiday. If however, you are looking to experience the best of the local cuisine and the various restaurants on offer, or prefer to cook for yourself, then our selection of self-catered rentals in Val d’Isere could be just what you are looking for! All come complete with a concierge service who ensure that you can get reservations in the best restaurants in Val d’Isere.
This chalet apartment is ideal for small groups and families, or a couple who want a little more space and can sleep up to 4 adults. It is ideally situated in the centre of Val d’Isere and you are just 50m from the main lifts and ski school meeting points. Small luxury self-catered apartments in Val d’Isere are few and far between, however, Chalet Kilco provides excellent value for luxury and is the perfect choice if you are looking for a small apartment in Val d’Isere.
This modern and stylish apartment is conveniently located on the Avenue Olympic, the main road through the centre of Val d’Isere. Sleeping up to 8 guests, it is the perfect family apartment and is fully equipped with everything you could need on a self-catering holiday to Val d’Isere. If easy ski access is important on your holiday, the main lifts are only a short walk away and it is possible to ski back to the apartment at the end of the day.
Located in the same building as Lorenzo is Apartment Tournesol. Sleeping up to 8 guests, it is designed to the same high standard and the apartments are a great choice for a larger group. All rooms can be set as a twin or a double meaning the apartment works well for friends or a corporate trip. These two apartments also work really well for groups of families looking for self-catered properties in Val d’Isere who want to be close by but have some level of privacy.
If you are looking for a little bit of peace and quiet whilst still being within easy walking distance of the centre, Apartment Etoile Filante is the perfect choice. Located in the Petit Alaska area of Val d’Isere, you are away from the main busy centre but can easily walk in around 8 minutes. There is also a free ski bus stop just down the road to take you to the pistes each day. This apartment can sleep up to 9 guests across 4 bedrooms and benefits from stunning views of the Solaise from the master suite.
If you are looking for a local restaurant whilst staying in Etoile Filante, La Baraque is a favourite amongst the locals and provides well priced local cuisine and is just a 2 minute walk from the apartment!
Perhaps one of the most desirable features when looking for a chalet or an apartment is a hot tub. Chalet Silvretta has a spacious outdoor hot tub as well as a hammam, perfect for soothing those aching muscles after a long day on the slopes. Also located in Petit Alaska, the apartment is just 500 metres from the Bellevarde ski lift.
Le Petit Yeti is found in one of the most desirable locations in Val d’Isere, Les Carats. At just 20 metres from La Face slope and 200 metres from the ski lifts, you are in a prime location to access all of the great skiing on offer in Val d’Isere. For groups with children, there is a table tennis set available to help keep them entertained. At just a few minutes from the centre of town, you will not have to walk far in the evening to reach the many restaurants and bars on offer.
If you are looking for a true gastro experience one evening, head across the road to the five star Les Barmes de l’Ours hotel and their restaurant La Table de L’Ours. On the more expensive side, this is the perfect restaurant to head to if you are celebrating a special occasion on your ski holiday!
Situated on the main high street, self-catered properties in Val d’Isere do not come more central than Chalet Artemis! Admire the stunning views of the surrounding mountains through the floor to ceiling windows or head out onto the large terrace and enjoy a glass of bubbly whilst having a soak in the hot tub. For those spring skiing enthusiasts amongst you, the terrace will be set with an outside dining table and some sun loungers to take advantage of the long sunny days.
Chalet Artemis is just a few steps away from Sur La Montagne, extremely popular with locals and serving fondue, steak, pasta and Thai dishes.
“If I want a swimming pool in my chalet, I will have to choose a catered property, right?” Wrong! Chalet Snowy Breeze is one of the very few self catered chalets with swimming pool in Val d’Isere. There is also a hammam and a private massage room and the concierge team are on hand to pre-arrange a relaxing massage for you at the end of a challenging ski day.
If you are looking for a traditional and rustic chalet with modern and colourful features, I have just the chalet for you. Chalet Les Branges is a converted ancient barn that features a mix of Savoyard tradition and quirky, exotic decor. Located between Val d’Isere and Le Fornet, you benefit from total tranquillity and peace whilst being within easy reach of the main town. The Laisinant Express lift is just 300 metres from the chalet.
Chalet Les Branges provides excellent access into Le Fornet where you will find the 2 Michelin star restaurant L’Atelier Edmond. There is also a well-priced brasserie adjoining the restaurant with more moderate prices.
Apartment Les Sorbiers is perfect for larger groups looking for self-catered properties in Val d’Isere. Sleeping up to 14 guests, the apartment has 2 master suites, 3 further bedrooms and a convertible tv snug that can accommodate 2 children. Perfectly located in the very heart of Val d’Isere, you have all of the local amenities on your doorstep.
A short walk across the road will find you at La Grande Ourse, an authentic Savoyard restaurant which has been operating since 1936. If you’re looking for a decent wine list, this is the place for you! The owners of La Grande Ourse actually own a vineyard in the Rhone Valley so you can always ask for a recommendation.
If you are looking for self-catered properties in Val d’Isere then we are here to help! The above is just a selection and we have many more options to suit all tastes and requirements. You can send an email or call us on +44 1202 203650 with your enquiry and one of our experts will assist.
Special offer of 10% discount on some of our favourite luxury chalets for New Year. Take advantage of this amazing early booking deal on one of the below luxury catered ski chalets for New Year!
Book your stay for the period Friday 27th December 2019 – Friday 3rd January 2020 to see in the New Year in style. The condition is that you must book no later than Monday 17th June 2019. The following chalets are available for this incredible early bird ski holiday offer…
There is a huge worldwide movement towards being more environmentally aware and eco-friendly. The way we live and how we consume is changing, and service providers are not only responding, but are also leading the change. I caught up with Barry Cox, the co-owner and Director of Lagom ski holidays, the forerunners in the sustainable chalet concept and on the way to creating an environmentally friendly ski holiday.
What gave you the inspiration to start the Lagom luxury chalet range?
Lagom has been an evolution on several fronts for us. First, the brand is a response to market trends. We have noticed over the last couple of years that our guests are increasingly self-reliant in resort, with a growing demand for bed and breakfast, self-catered and accommodation only services being requested in the luxury apartments and chalets that we operate. Added to this we have always held an ethos of remaining as flexible as possible to provide our guests with exactly what they want.
Over this same period, with first-hand experience of several back-to-back, poor snow winters and a growing consciousness that our systems are not in harmony with the planet, we have had a growing concern about the fragility of the planet and have had a desire to incorporate a positive impact trend into the business.
When a friend described her new beautiful chair as lagom it seemed the perfect name for our new brand (a Swedish word with no direct translation in English, but best described as ‘not too much, not too little, just the right amount’). In Sweden, lagom is a way of living, a philosophy almost. In Lagom we wanted to set out to provide quality-assured accommodation while giving guests the opportunity to choose their own level of service requirement during their holiday in the property.
Do you think there is a specific market for sustainable chalets and environmentally friendly ski holidays?
It seems that there is a growing movement across the world for ethical choices in all aspects of life, including when they travel. We couldn’t say that this has been a pre-requisite in the ski industry in the past, but we believe that it will, and needs to be a growing consideration among guests coming to the mountains to ski, if nothing else to do their part in protecting this pastime we all love so much.
How has the range evolved since its launch?
Lagom launched at the beginning of winter 2018/19 with the new Nevada building in Zermatt, comprising 10 apartments ranging in size from one to five bedrooms. Over the course of the winter we added six more luxury apartments to the portfolio in Verbier. We expect the portfolio to grow by 50% again by the start of the 2019/20 winter season.
What makes your product sustainable?
The concept really embraces the idea of conscious choice. Often when you think about sustainability or the environmental crisis at large, it feels like our actions are not significant. But we believe that every action, every decision, is significant and does make a difference. We wanted to emulate this feeling through the slider (choice of services).
We are transparent about the cost of each of the services provided, and in addition, have audited the environmental impact (in carbon emissions) of providing these services. Armed with this information it’s over to the guests to decide what ‘Lagom’ is to them.
Through the slider, we offer choices on the services we provide in these apartments. Do you need daily housekeeping, or just at the end of your stay? Do you want robes and slippers? Toiletries? What about linen and towel changes? Our guests tweak the services they want, so they gain control over the end price.
As the services are adjusted, the price fluctuates and along with it, a tangible weight of CO2 emissions resulting from the service. Strip out services, the price goes down, and so does your impact. Like so many sensible decisions around the planet and the environment, it’s a win-win relationship.
Beyond this, our new brand has empowered us to take a stance company-wide and across our two other luxury brands too. We now have a sustainability charter with goals mapped out to 2030, by which we hope to have provided the first carbon zero luxury ski holiday. This is a complex goal that requires us to dive deep into every aspect of sustainability in our business.
What products do you use that are sustainable?
We use L:A Bruket toiletries which are all natural, non-toxic products. We purchase this in bulk and top up pump action dispensers saving on kilograms of single-use plastic.
We source robes that are made from organic cotton and slippers that are wholly compostable.
We also provide a small artisanal gift in each booking, sourced from a local supplier. In Zermatt, this is a bag of locally roasted coffee from the Aroleid Kollective. And in Verbier, we provide Opaline fruit juice made from 100% locally grown fruits.
What benefits do you think the client sees by choosing one of the Lagom luxury chalets?
Firstly, the apartments in the portfolio are all beautiful, stylishly furnished and in excellent locations.
Secondly, the destinations we operate in are not a million miles away from having a good sustainable ecosystem in place. Zermatt has been combustion engine car-free for decades (this is an experience in itself), and both Verbier and Zermatt are 100% powered by renewable energy
Finally, guests can be rest assured that the team operating these beautiful properties, are applying themselves to sustainability with the same gusto and full commitment that we have put into innovating luxury hospitality in the ski industry over the past 14 years.
This past season, for example, we held clean-up operations with our staff in each of the resorts we operate in. Collectively we picked up 292kg of waste left on the mountains during the winter.
We are just beginning on this journey and are working on fleshing out the slider to enable guests to consider their environmental impact across more areas than just their service choices. We look forward to working with destinations, property owners and guests in a race to provide the first carbon zero luxury holiday. Very exciting!
Do you think there is a growing movement in the industry towards more eco-friendly accommodation and luxury holidays?
I believe society at large is more aware than it has ever been of the need to consider our impact on the planet. This is certainly true of luxury travel too, where the growing focus is on experiential and transformational travel. We’re at the cusp of a wave and we are certain that more and more people will be asking more questions of the operators and providers of hospitality.
Do you think there is a growing movement in the industry towards green skiing and eco-friendly skiing?
The business case for a sustainability policy in the ski industry is that the very eco-system that we thrive off of is at risk. For this reason, many resorts have established a vision for more environmentally friendly destinations as they plot their course into the uncertain future ahead. Alongside this, many businesses are joining the conversation and beginning to seriously figure out what they can do to build a business with sustainable development goals. The movement is even a source of new entrepreneurial spirit. This winter in Verbier for example, we saw a new business formed called Verbier Green which tackles the waste issue for individuals and businesses alike.
And then you have the society that these resorts support. At a societal level, I have seen a huge movement towards more sustainable living practices. Amongst our staff, the millennials are now a large proportion of the workforce. This generation is setting new standards and expectations for work, and a sense of purpose is high up on their agenda. I have been amazed by the response to our sustainable charter which we formally launched at the beginning of the winter. The progress we have made is largely thanks to how incredibly committed key members of staff have been towards a positive impact future.
All of the shifts are happening very quickly and I feel like we are on the cusp of a wave. I expect the movement will only continue to grow in the years ahead.
How can we and our clients help more?
Due to the interconnectedness of everything, sustainability suffers from paralysis by complexity. But in actual fact, it’s rather simple logic that’s required. We’re simply consuming too much. Joining in on the conversation is a great start because action requires awareness.
Discuss the easiest steps you can take first. Pick the low-lying fruit to build a positive self-image. Get a reusable coffee mug for example and carry this with you. Our reliance on single-use products is frightening, and we have to get on top of this habit.
Beyond that, addressing our diet is probably the biggest impact you can have. You don’t have to go radical but if we could all reduce our meat consumption by 10%, this is likely to lead to exponential benefits across the planetary systems.
If you fancy staying in one of the Lagom chalets and making a difference, then our team at Ski In Luxury are happy to help! You can send an email or call us on +44 1202 203650 with your enquiry and one of our experts will assist.
It’s so exciting taking your children on a ski holiday for the first time, but there’s a lot to remember! Even just the packing can make your head spin, let alone all the other things you need to think about. Fear not, we have got you covered with our top tips for skiing with children. Read on to ease the stress and ensure you have the most enjoyable holiday possible…
Choose the Right Chalet
We all know that the actual skiing is just a half of the holiday – the chalet you stay in can make or break your ski holiday. We have a great selection of chalets that will keep your children entertained for hours, from a chalet with an indoor climbing wall, to a chalet with a Formula 1 simulator! You may even struggle to get your children out on the slopes with so much entertainment to choose from.
Picking the right chalet doesn’t just mean somewhere with great facilities, you may want to consider a ski in ski out chalet or a chalet with a driver service. After all, I bet your children don’t enjoy lugging their skis around and I’m sure you don’t enjoy having to carry an extra pair of skis when they get tired! With a ski in ski out chalet, you don’t have to worry about any of this, and you’ll be close to the main lifts and ski schools, saving precious skiing time in the mornings.
Pre-Book Ski School
The best bit of advice that any skiing parent would give you, would be to make sure you pre-book your children into ski school. Especially during school holidays, ski schools get booked up very fast and there are only a limited number of spaces available and instructors – once they’re booked, it’s too late. So, we recommend booking ski schools as soon as you’ve booked your ski holiday, that way you won’t miss out.
Ski school is vital for your children whilst they’re learning how to ski, as it’s important they learn from a qualified instructor so they don’t pick up any bad habits you may have developed over the years! Plus, they’ll really benefit from lessons when they’re older and have a beautiful and elegant ski style that will come naturally to them. Ski school is also a great way for them to meet other children their age who are also learning to ski, and they are guaranteed to have a fun experience and make memories that will last a lifetime! However, if the above doesn’t convince you to book your children into ski school, then surely some peace and quiet on the slopes will?
Find Other Family Activities
Even though you go on a ski holiday to ski as much as possible, it’s not always just about the skiing. There are usually so many other fun activities to do in resort that the whole family will love and make for great evening entertainment. How about finding a steady slope close to the chalet for a bit of apres ski sledding? There’s nothing quite like sledding after a fun day on the slopes – some of my favourite memories are of sledding with my family at the end of the day.
There’s usually an ice rink in family-friendly ski resorts, and this is a great evening activity for the whole family. For a really magical activity, husky sledding is an incredible experience and your children will love exploring the snowy mountains whilst being pulled along by some fluffy huskies!
If you’re fed up of the cold outside, why not do something indoors like bowling? Even better, stay in your warm cosy chalet and watch a family film in your private cinema, accompanied by hot chocolate with extra cream on top, of course.
Buy the Right Ski Wear
This is quite an important one, as getting the wrong ski wear can end in a very cold and unhappy child! We would recommend ski wear that is practical but also looks good so that your children will love wearing it on the slopes. Dinoski ski wear for children is a fantastic brand and provides comfort, warmth and most importantly, style. Your children can choose from three roarsome designs: Spike, Cub and Hop. Each character comes with its own story and will get your children excited for a wild winter adventure!
Get Your Camera at the Ready
There are endless memories to be made on a ski holiday, so you’ll want to get your camera out and capture every moment of your children in the mountains. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a few spectacular falls on camera! Strapping a GoPro to your helmet or chest is a great way to capture your children on the slopes and record their skiing progress during the week.
Pack Some Chocolate in Your Ski Jacket
This is one of the best tips we can probably give you. Packing a sweet treat in your pocket for the lifts is the perfect afternoon energy boost and will have you all raring to go again. If chocolate isn’t quite cutting it for you parents, make sure you take a hip flask with your favourite tipple in – it’s a great way to ease those first-day nerves!
Enjoy Every Moment
Last but certainly not least, just enjoy every moment of your ski holiday with children! There’s nothing quite like seeing your kids enjoying themselves on the slopes and these moments are so precious as they grow up so quickly. Always treasure these family times together and they’ll treasure the memories forever…
We hope that these top tips for skiing with children will help to take the stress out of planning your next family ski holiday! We have some incredible family-friendly ski chalets on our portfolio, so enquire with our team of Ski Specialists and we’ll help find the perfect chalet. You can give us a call on +44 1202 203650 or send us an email and we would love to hear from you!
Overview: Courchevel Le Praz, formerly known as Courchevel 1300, is a rustic, traditional and authentic alpine village. Popular for cross-country skiing and ski jumping.
Skiing: Courchevel Le Praz has pretty tree-lined runs which are perfect for low-visibility days. The ski runs in this area are usually quieter, so it’s a great place to avoid the crowds. To access Courchevel 1850, you can take the Praz gondola or if you want to head towards La Tania and Meribel, you can take the Foret lift.
Top Restaurant: Michelin restaurant Le Bistrot du Praz is based at the foot of the slopes and is one of the most welcoming restaurants in the Alps. Owned by Charlie Renaudie, here you can enjoy excellent quality French cuisine.
Where to stay? Chalet Blossom Hill is an elegant and modern luxury ski chalet in Courchevel Le Praz with amazing wellness facilities and spectacular views of the Bozel Valley. The chalet sleeps up to 10 adults and 2 children and includes the services of a chalet manager and continental breakfast served daily.
Overview: Arguably the quietest area of Courchevel, Courchevel Village is popular with families. The village has a kept a traditional atmosphere with chalet-style buildings and without being spoilt, has a few modern apartment buildings dotted around. Courchevel Village was actually the original village in the Courchevel region and remains a great place to head for your luxury ski holiday to avoid the prices of its exclusive sister, Courchevel 1850.
Skiing: Escape the crowds and enjoy the slopes at all levels in Courchevel Village. Despite only having a couple of ski runs to its name, being just below Courchevel 1850 means access to the wider area is ideal. It is easy to access Courchevel 1850 by using the Tovets chairlift or the Grangettes gondola.
Top Restaurant: L’Oeil de Boeuf offers fine cuts of meat to be cooked on the open fire. It’s a unique, romantic experience inside the cosy, rustic restaurant. As the name suggests, the specialty is beef.
Where to stay? This chalet is even named after the resort, so where better to stay than Chalet Le 1550? Sleeping up to 10 adults and 4 children, staying in Chalet 1550 is the epitome of relaxation – whether it be swimming in front of the mountain backdrop or catching the spring sunshine on the terrace, this chalet should be on your wish list. It was also where the Ski In Luxury Team were lucky enough to experience for themselves on their end of season trip.
Overview: After 1850, Courchevel Moriond is the next liveliest Courchevel resort with a good atmosphere created by a range of bars, restaurants and shops.
Skiing: Courchevel Moriond has its own ski area which includes a mixture of runs for all abilities; it is almost a resort in its own right. Just left of Courchevel 1650, you can still avoid the crowds during peak times and enjoy skiing in the sunshine and between pretty tree-lined runs – it can accommodate all weathers. There are gentle, wide slopes for beginners and the stronger skiers can take advantage of the off-piste challenges in Les Avals.
Top Restaurant: Bistrot Le C offers delicious menus constructed and influenced by the traditional French cuisine from fresh and local produce. My director claims one of his favourite meals in the Alps has been in this restaurant!
Where to stay? This little ski-in ski-out gem is my top choice for your luxury ski holiday to Courchevel Moriond. At Chalet Beaumont, you can enjoy the sunshine out on the terrace, relax in the indoor hot tub or warm your feet in front of the large open fireplace. The chalet sleeps 10-12 guests and is offered on a bed and breakfast basis. Additional services can be added for a supplement.
Overview: The highest village in Courchevel and also by far the largest, Courchevel 1850 is well known for its glitz, glamour, fur and diamonds. It’s considered la crème de la crème of the French Alps and recognised internationally for having access to the World’s best ski area. The streets are lined with designer boutiques, gourmet restaurants and chic cocktail bars attracting international wealth and prestige.
Skiing: The largest ski area of all the Courchevel levels, Courchevel 1850 can accommodate all ski abilities and has some of the best ski schools in the Alps. You can enjoy some fun family ski runs, tree-lined runs and open pistes.
Top Restaurant: This is not a straight forward easy choice, there are many world-class restaurants in Courchevel 1850. 2* Michelin Chabichou has to be mentioned as one of our top choices for the exquisite gourmet cuisine. It’s a very historic restaurant and also has a more affordable smaller restaurant, Bristrot Le Chabotte.
Where to stay? When it comes to luxury ski chalets, the bar has been raised in Courchevel 1850. There isn’t much you can’t have; ski-in ski-out, marble swimming pools, in-house night clubs, top-class wellness facilities, butler service, in-resort chauffeurs, Michelin star chefs and I promise you it doesn’t stop there. The choice of where to stay is overwhelming; whether it’s five-star palace hotels or ultimate luxury chalets, there is something to suit everyone’s desires (and dreams…).
The scale of the chalets are noticeably larger than any other resort, and for this reason, I am going to feature Chalet Edelweiss, one of the largest luxury chalets in Courchevel 1850. Approximately 3,200 sqm over 7 floors, Chalet Edelweiss can accommodate up to 16 guests and boasts a very long list of luxury features.
Overview: Newly classed within the Courchevel territory, La Tania should not be overlooked. With pine tree ski runs leading into the chocolate box alpine village, La Tania offers great value for luxury, pretty scenery and a variety of local slopes.
Skiing: A great positioning between Courchevel 1850 and Meribel, La Tania is the perfect family-friendly ski resort for access to the Three Valleys ski area. The resort has a handful of runs appealing to all abilities.
Top Restaurant: Another Michelin star restaurant, La Farcon is not to be missed if you are staying in La Tania. It maintains an authentic cuisine fused with creative menus; you will be sure to enjoy this culinary delight.
Where to stay? Ours des Montagnes is my top choice for your luxury ski holiday in La Tania. For a family or group of friends of up to 10-12, this chalet ticks a lot of boxes. Light and contemporary, just 70 metres from the slopes, hot-tub, games room and a sauna, there is a lot to keep everyone entertained after a full day on the slopes. Ours des Montagnes offers great value for luxury.
Of course, staying in one village is not limiting! There are great connections between all the villages and the rest of the Three Valleys for you to explore.
So which part of Courchevel suits you best? We hope this guide to Courchevel has helped, but if you are still not sure, feel free to enquire with our team of ski specialists and we will be delighted to chat with you about your next luxury ski holiday to Courchevel. You can give us a call on +44 1202 203650 or send us an email and we would love to hear from you!
With wedding bells on the horizon, it can only mean one thing: a skiing hen party or ski stag do! As the lucky Best Man or the Maid of Honour, the tricky task has fallen to you to plan your loved-up friends’ final free moments… but a group ski holiday may be easier to plan than you think.
A ski hen/stag do has so many possibilities, with options for it to be a classy affair or apres fuelled mayhem. There are activities for non-skiers, spa trips, and most importantly, expert concierge chalet teams to take care of everything in resort. So, grab the girls and round up the boys for an unforgettable celebration on a skiing hen do or ski stag party to the Alps. Here are some of our top picks for ultimate hen and stag chalets for all budgets.
Ski Hen Party Chalets
Pack the ‘L’ plates and sash because these chalets are perfect for a ski hen do in the Alps. With ample accommodation for the whole bridal party, facilities to rival any spa day and ski-in ski-out options too, these chalets will make for an unforgettable hen party!
These two identical chalets can be booked together or separately. If you’re planning a party for a hen who doesn’t want to leave anyone behind, then these chalets can cater for up to 29 people! Complete with outdoor hot tubs, sauna, steam bath, infrared cabin, treatment room, massage room, relaxation area and vital bar, the time of stressed out bridesmaids is over.
For a chalet with WOW factor, Chalet Sapphire shows off with an impressive hot tub with a view across Morzine, and for cosy girls’ nights in, the fur-covered outdoor seating area makes the perfect place to enjoy a bottle of wine or two from the chalet’s own wine cellar. The chic interior, large balconies, aromatherapy hammam, pool, ice chamber and cinema room, that will leave the whole bridal party feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. There’s an adjoining Mazot which can be booked in addition to the main chalet too, sleeping four more guests.
These sister chalets could have been designed for hen parties! Chalet Ambre and Chalet Opale are adjoined chalets but can be booked independently for smaller groups. Each chic and girly chalet welcomes you in with a champagne reception daily, both have an outdoor hot tub and the open plan living spaces, with floor to ceiling windows, are great spaces for socialising, fun and games! Both also benefit from candlelit terraces overlooking the apres hot-spot of Tignes.
For ladies looking to celebrate, the unlimited free flowing Veuve Clicquot or Taittinger champagne in Chalet Lapin Blanc will certainly help you to get in the party spirit. Centrally located in Meribel, a selection of the best apres bars in the Three Valleys are right on your doorstep. And for those weary heads the next day, you could always lounge on the south facing balcony, in the sauna or outdoor hot tub. Sleeping up to 15 this chalet oozes luxury, indulgence and offers a 5* service.
We know how difficult it can be getting a group ski trip planned that will be suitable for all budgets in the party, so, this chalet is a perfect option for a ski hen on a budget. It offers an inclusive 7 nights package with London flights, transfers, 4-course evening meals, afternoon tea, and a 5* chalet team. What’s more, it’s located in the heart of the apres capital of the Alps!
Ski Stag Do Chalets
For the unwitting best man, there’s more to a ski stag do than just beers and printed name t-shirts, but the good news is, that is all you have to worry about when booking one of these ultimate bachelor pad chalets. They all come complete with a chalet team that are well versed in hosting group ski holidays and are located in some of the top resorts for apres ski.
A chalet equipped with all the bachelor pad essentials, a top sound system, outdoor pizza oven, BBQ and ice bar, hot tub with flat screen TV, gym, games room and a fully stocked bar. With catering up to 12 people too, you can be sure the party will start as soon as you walk in.
Found at the bottom of the Hulotte piste, this chalet in the centre of Meribel is ideal for a wobbly slide home after an afternoon of apres, or makes the perfect starting point to explore the nightlife in resort. Enjoy beers and wines from the complimentary open bar on the chalet’s wrap-around terrace, relax in the indoor spa and hot tub, or kick back in the games room. There’s plenty of entertainment to keep the party going in this chalet which sleeps up to 14 guests.
This is the chalet to experience the James Bond lifestyle! La Datcha can cater for a stag group of up to 15 and boasts a golf simulator, Formula 1 simulator, indoor swimming pool and hot tub, and comes complete with cigar room and smoking cellar.
Let’s start with the chalet’s most important feature, the sports lounge/cinema room, where you can watch UK sports channels while enjoying the complimentary beers and wines! That might just have been the decider for many ski stag parties, but that’s not all it has to offer. The open plan layout of the chalet gives it a social atmosphere and you’ll find lots of entertainment including a large outdoor hot tub, sauna, games room and gym.
For a stag on a budget, this chalet has it all and comes including return flights from Gatwick, transfers and evening meals with afternoon tea. What makes this the perfect stag pad is its location being just a stone’s throw from the centre of St. Anton and its famous nightlife. This 10 person chalet comes with an outdoor pool and fire pit, there’s also a steam room, sauna and relaxation room the help nurse the hangovers!
Don’t wait to get planning, if any of these chalets might be your perfect match then don’t hesitate to get in touch! There are plenty more group chalets fit for a celebration in our portfolio too, just let us know the checklist you’ve been given by the gang and we’ll find the chalet that will send you straight to #1 Best Man or Maid of Honour! Call us today on +44 1202 203650 or you can send us an email.
Having never been to Val Thorens before, a group of friends and I decided to spend New Year in the Three Valleys and it certainly did not disappoint! Why don’t you try a New Year holiday to the Three Valleys?!
New Year is THE peak holiday date and arguably THE most desirable week in the mountains, meaning it is always the quickest to sell. Many people worry about the busy slopes, but I have to say that the Three Valleys was a great ski area to be in during this time as you have such a vast number of runs to choose from for all grades of skier/boarder. As a result, you also have a plethora of mountain restaurants and cafes to enjoy an energising hot chocolate break and hearty lunch to fuel the afternoon on the slopes. And then of course, there is the après ski!
Here are my top 5 reasons to go skiing at New Year in the Three Valleys;
#1 World’s Largest interconnected ski area
If you are looking for variety then look no further! All abilities of skier will enjoy the Three Valleys with a huge assortment of terrain including four glaciers and differing altitudes. Located between 2 and 3 hours from Geneva airport, all resorts are very easily accessible. It is the largest interlinked ski area worldwide and offers 600 km of piste, 328 downhill skiing pistes, 166 ski lifts and more than 2,100 snow cannons, meaning you’re guaranteed fantastic snow early in the season!
Val Thorens is the highest resort in Europe. It is a purpose built resort that is compact in its design, making accessibility around the resort very easy! It has a small but very lively village ambience. Intermediates will love the slopes around Val Thorens with its endless blue and red runs, many of which actually run straight back into resort! It is also home to two mogul fields and off piste opportunities on the glaciers.
Courchevel is known worldwide for its extravagance and elegance. The four main villages, Le Praz (1300), Courchevel Village (1550), Courchevel Moriond (1650) and Courchevel (1850) are all connected by ski lifts. Courchevel 1850 arguably the most exclusive ski resort in the Alps, perhaps even Worldwide. Courchevel is the epitome of ski-chic, attracting many of the rich and famous. Luxury chalets in Courchevel are without doubt some of the most luxurious alpine properties to rent. Exclusive shopping boutiques and brands, Michelin starred restaurants aplenty, pristine piste grooming, and extravagance from all angles – the perfect combination for a stylish New Year ski holiday!
Meribel is known as the heart of the Three Valleys. Sitting in between the Courchevel and Belleville valleys, Meribel offers a perfect blend of traditional alpine charm with modern resort conveniences. It is easy to see why many people have their heart in Meribel. There are fantastic childcare options and some brilliant ski schools that will ensure parents can have plenty of personal time to enjoy their New Year ski holiday celebrations!
La Tania was built specifically to provide accommodation for the 1992 Winter Olympics and has a lovely village atmosphere. Its wood-clad buildings sit comfortably in a pretty woodland setting and you can enjoy some lovely tree runs down into the village. This resort is great for those who want to ski in the Three Valleys but might have a smaller budget.
Reberty is modern but has a lot of character, featuring mainly traditional styled luxury ski chalets. The small satellite ski village located at 2,000m, is just above Les Menuires and just below Val Thorens. This resort is perfect for those who prefer a small village atmosphere but want to be at a high altitude within a very large ski area.
St Martin de Belleville has an authentic village vibe and is a fantastic luxury family ski resort. It is a far quieter and more traditional resort in the Three Valleys with apres centering around more local venues. Enjoy a local Savoyarde evening in one of the gastronomic restaurants or listen to live music in one of the family friendly bars.
#3 Special New Year Experiences
New Year is always the best time to enjoy fireworks and you can be sure to be wowed by the spectacular displays lighting up the slopes in the Three Valleys!
For something a little extra special for the occasion why not try one of these experiences?!….
Experience the different sensation of the slopes lit up only by flamed torches and not the sun!
#4 Après ski haven
The Three Valleys has some of the best resorts for après ski in France. The words après ski and La Folie Douce go hand in hand. Val Thorens has arguably one of the most famous Folie Douce’s and mid station between Meribel and Courchevel, you will find another in full flow!
Courchevel has a reputation for world renowned gastronomy, so you can start your New Year evening celebrations in one of Courchevel’s vast number of exceptional restaurants.
If you are looking for après ski beyond La Folie Douce, then check out some of our favourites… Bar 360 in Val Thorens, Rond Point in Meribel and La Mangeoire in Courchevel for the ultimate party!
Whether you’re seeking a large luxury party chalet to dance and drink in the New Year, or a smaller cosy mountain retreat for a quieter celebration, Ski In Luxury can cater to all your specifications. You can get in touch with us by giving us a call on +44 1202 203650 or if you prefer, you can send us an email.
Sometimes the fun should never stop, and this should definitely be the case on your ski holiday with kids in tow. Often though, not the whole family sees eye to eye on their ideas of fun, but we’re here with a remedy and it will go down sweeter than a spoonful of sugar.
From big kids to little ones, or just the young at heart, your ski holiday with kids needs to cater for many things, because parents want to enjoy days exploring the pistes or gourmet meals with a tipple or two. The kids, however, can’t wait to get back to the top of the toboggan run and the ones too little for the piste often need childcare to ensure they are adequately entertained! We’ve handpicked a selection of chalets with non-stop entertainment and top nanny services for non-stop kids to make sure that everyone, from 9 weeks to 90 years old, has fun in a family ski chalet.
With VW Camper Van style children’s beds, a jukebox, an electric guitar and drum kit, games area with PS4, and an indoor pool, this chalet doubles up as a live-in toy box no matter what your age. Sleeping up to 11 people, you’ll all be transported into the 70’s with bright colours, iconic designs and retro fun.
This chalet boasts a one-of-a-kind feature – a two-storey soft play gym! While you sit back and relax in the deluxe spa complex housing the stone indoor pool, massage waterfall and hot tub, imagine the peace and quiet you can enjoy knowing that the kids have a ball pit, slides, and play frame all of their own to enjoy.
Chalet Alpaca has found the perfect balance between luxury and entertainment, going above and beyond what you would normally expect. So enjoy not only the outdoor hot tub and swimming pool, but you also will have to hope the kids let you have a turn on the indoor climbing room equipped with three bouldering walls.
If you’d prefer a stay in a luxury hotel on your ski holiday with kids, then don’t fear because Le K2 Palace has a whole arcade of entertainment, from air hockey and driving games, to a room full of cuddly toys, dolls houses, and everything in between. There’s also the cinema room and indoor pool.
Found opposite the majestic Mont Blanc, this 5-star chalet feels like a home from home. With plenty to indulge the parents, the kids will be kept busy in the cinema room with a Nintendo Wii and PlayStation, games room with pool table… and there’s even a slide down from the first floor!
Welcome to a luxury playground, where the toys aren’t necessarily only for kids. Boasting not only a deluxe indoor pool and a cinema room with beanbags, you can take it in turns on the Formula 1 simulator, where you can pit yourself against some of the world’s best drivers, and the chalet’s golf simulator.
You’ll be welcomed into the warm and cosy embrace of this chalet, making it a perfect choice for a ski holiday with kids. The hot tub overlooks the pool so you can keep an eye on the little ones swimming, and after dinner there’s a chance to top the family leader board in a round or two of table tennis. Then, of course, curl up in the TV room with your choice of Netflix movies.
This quirky and bright chalet has been designed around fun! Expect the full spectrum of rainbow lighting throughout the chalet, a 32m2 indoor pool with infinity waterfall, but what makes this chalet special is the indoor climbing wall and archery and rifle shooting range.
Chalet Charlie is an impressive chalet with some very unique features, including a snug and games room, all built with parts of a Nord Noratlas 1950s military aircraft. Get competitive with the games console inside the aircraft’s nose or chill in the snug surrounded by aeroplane parts that have actually been in-flight.
Operate across Austria, including St. Anton and Lech. The nannies pride themselves on a unique and flexible service, with private childcare provided in and around your own chalet which can be tailored to your children’s usual routine. A general day will usually include both indoor and outdoor play and activities such as arts and crafts, storybooks, drawing, playing in the snow and sledging.
Can be found in the resorts of Courchevel, Méribel, Tignes and Val d’Isere and look after babies from 4 months to children up to 12 years old. Your chosen T4 Nanny is exclusive for you and your family so hours can be flexible, they can prepare lunch in your chalet for the little ones while you are skiing and provide babysitting for the family if the adults would like to venture out in the evening.
Operate in Val d’Isere and Tignes, and offer a flexible service with excellent resort knowledge and promise to keep your child engaged all week. There will be a variety of activities on offer including themed weeks and snow activities, and they can even bring your children up the mountain to meet you for lunch.
Now, all there is left to do on your next ski holiday with kids is sit back, enjoy and make memories to last a lifetime, as we’re on hand to take all the hassle out of your holiday. For more suggestions of family-friendly chalets or what these nanny services can offer, call us now on +44 (0) 1202 203650 or enquire today.
So, you’re the only skier in your group of friends – that’s tough! You want to go on a ski holiday to the Alps but first you’ve got to convince your non-skier friends why to go skiing? It sounds easy if you love skiing, but it can be harder than you think to persuade them. We’re here to help with these top reasons for how to make your non-skier friends want to go on a ski holiday, so that you can have a ski holiday of a lifetime together…
The classic excuses are: ‘but it’s so cold, why would you want to go on holiday somewhere that cold?’ and ‘it sounds tiring, get me on a beach with a cocktail instead!’ We’ve heard them all before and we know how difficult it can be to get your friends to understand the appeal of skiing and why it’s so addictive! Without further ado, let’s get this argument dealt with!
The Challenge and Reward
Skiing is one of the most challenging and rewarding holidays you can ever go on! For beginner skiers it’s as simple as being able to just get down the slope for the first time without falling over, or successfully making it off a chairlift! For seasoned skiers it’s pushing your limits to make it over to the other side of the ski area and back again in one day, with a smile on your face when you catch the very last chairlift after an exhilarating day. You soon forget about your aching legs when you breathe in the fresh mountain air every morning. When you’re skiing, every day is a new adventure and it can be as challenging as you want it to be. That’s the beauty of skiing, it’s what you make it.
The Spectacular Scenery
There’s no doubt about it, the mountain views when you go skiing are absolutely breathtaking. White mountain peaks, the bluest sky you will ever see and the snow glistening like diamonds in the sunshine – the views are guaranteed to wow you every time you stop for a breather up the mountain or from the ski lifts. You won’t be able to stop taking photos and uploading them to your social media to make everyone at home jealous!
And that’s just the day time… at night when you are sat in your very own chalet hot tub with a glass of bubbly in hand, staring up at the millions of twinkling stars, you realise just how at one with nature you are in the mountains.
The Mountain Restaurants
One of the best things about a ski holiday is stopping in a beautiful mountain restaurant for a warming chocolat chaud or a delicious alpine lunch. After all, it’s important to have regular breaks to rest your legs. Better still, if the sun is shining, mountain restaurants usually have large terraces with lots of deckchairs for you to try and fade those goggle marks! These lunch stops are the perfect opportunity to really enjoy the spectacular snowy scenery and soak up the magical atmosphere of being in the mountains.
The Après Ski
La Folie Douce Méribel Courchevel - We party everyday ! - YouTube
If the incredible après ski doesn’t convince your non-skier friends why to go on a ski holiday, then I don’t know what will! Dancing on the tables in your ski boots, partying to live music and drinks flowing – a party in the mountains is a party like no other! Just show them videos from La Folie Douce, the king of après ski in the Alps, and they’ll be raring to go.
The Non-Ski Activities
It’s no secret that skiing isn’t for everyone, and that’s fine! With so many other winter activities to do in resort, it doesn’t have to be all about the skiing. Why not try parapenting and see the majestic mountains from a slightly different view, or go dog sledding for an unforgettable experience? There’s also the option to get those snowshoes on and go for a walk through the snowy trees and catch a lift up to a mountain restaurant to meet your skier friends for a hearty lunch. Sometimes it’s just the experience of being in the mountains that matters and not necessarily the skiing.
If all else fails, the luxury ski chalet that you’ll be staying in is enough reason to want to go on a ski holiday! From the huge selection of chalets in our portfolio, you can choose exactly what you want, whether it’s a fully catered chalet where you won’t have to lift a finger all week, or a chalet with its own spa and wellness facilities for soothing those sore muscles. Whatever your requirements, we’ll be able to find the perfect match for you.
So, if you’ve finally managed to convince your non-skier friends why to go skiing, Ski In Luxury can help you find a ski chalet that will have them wanting to go back skiing year after year! Give us a call on +44 (0)1202 203650 and one of our ski specialists will be happy to help, or send us an email.
When looking for the perfect catered chalet for the annual corporate ski trip, or even for a large family ski holiday, you can sometimes feel that you are only restricted to larger chalets which limits your choice. Why not consider a combination of chalets that are perfectly situated to cater for large groups instead?
These two idyllic chalets could not be in a better location in the centre of Tignes Le Lac and right next to the Almes piste. The piste is just metres away and in good conditions you can ski back to the chalets.
Chalet Opale sleeps up to 10 adults in 5 spacious bedrooms, and Chalet Ambre can sleep up to 8 adults and 2 children using the bunk room.
The chalets are linked via the kitchens, together can accommodate groups of up to 20 people and are ideal for large family ski holidays.
Chalets Black and White Pearl are two pristine chalets located between Val d’Isere centre and La Daille. Right next door to one another, inside they are almost identical, apart from different colour furnishings. Black being more masculine and White being the feminine partner.
Sleeping up to 20 adults, all of the 10 large en-suite bedrooms can be configured as a double or twin, making these chalets ideal for large groups of friends or perfect for your next corporate ski trip!
These 4 characteristic chalets in Val d’Isere are known as ‘The Sisters’ as they are named after the owners 4 daughters. Located in the private area of ‘Fermes de Val,’ these chalets are perfectly tucked away from the main centre, providing a tranquil escape for your large ski group!
Sleeping up to 38 guests across 19 bedrooms, these chalets combined will make for the perfect corporate getaway or are ideal for a large family. Each chalet has its own indoor pool and hammam for the end of those long days on the slopes.
White Valley Lodge and Chalet Vorlaz are two free standing luxury chalets in Morzine found nestled on the sunny side of Vallee de la Manche, offering privacy, tranquillity and stunning views. At just 400 metres from the Nyon lift, these chalets are perfectly located for convenience and a bit of peace and quiet!
Both chalets boast 5 double/twin bedrooms with additional bunk bedrooms and so can comfortably sleep up to 20 adults and 4 children, perfect for family or corporate ski trip groups. Between the two chalets you can enjoy two private hot tubs, a sauna and a plunge pool!
In the charming hamlet of La Gittaz in Meribel, are sister chalets Kalliste and Kashmir, offering spectacular mountain views. Both chalets benefit from their own private hot tubs and covered garage parking.
Kashmir can accommodate up to 12 guests in 6 double/twin bedrooms and Kalliste has 5 double/twin rooms and can accommodate up to 4 additional children using the bunks and sofa bed. These chalets are suited to family groups and are also ideal for a corporate ski trip of up to 22 adults.
Back in Val d’Isere is where you will find these modern and spacious apartments located in the same building. Lorenzo is located on the 3rd and 4th floor while Tournesol is on the first floor, so these are the perfect choice for two groups who want to be close by, but not in each others pockets!
Located on the top and second level of this stunning property in the centre of Verbier, just a few minutes walk from the Medran lift station, are the spacious apartments Treize Etoile and Silver. Each apartment has its own lift providing private access and each have their own private hot tub. They also benefit from a shared sauna and hammam on the ground floor.
Both apartments each sleep 8 adults and have a bunk room that can sleep 4 children, making this an ideal option for families or ski group holidays of up to 24 people!
If you have drawn the short straw and are in charge of planning your next large group ski trip, do not fret! Our ski specialists are on hand and can advise the best located chalets to accommodate your group.
We can also advise which chalets are the best if you want certain members of your group at the opposite end of resort too..! You can get in touch by giving us a call on +44 1202 203650 or you can send us an email.